Bangladesh have never chased down a fourth innings target of more than 215 but skipper Shakib Al Hasan said his side was confident of overhauling the 415 set by India to win the first cricket Test here.

“We are looking for a win and will play positive cricket.

We want to bat the whole day,” said Hasan after the fourth day’s play which ended with Bangladesh still needing 348 runs with 8 wickets in hand.

The highest score Bangladesh have successfully chased down so far was the 215 in July 2009 in St George’s against a depleted West Indies when they scored 217 for six.

They had, however, scored 413 all out in the fourth innings in December 2008 against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

The hosts failed to bowl out India in their second innings on Wednesday and allowed them to score 413 for eight declared but skipper Shakib said overall he was happy with the performance of his bowlers.

“The fast bowlers — Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain and debutant Shafiul Islam — bowled really well and I am happy with their performance,” said the left-arm spinner, who took seven wickets in the match.


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